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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale
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'Anguli Ma is the central figure in a traditional Buddhist folktale, a deranged killer who wears his victims’ fingers in a garland around his neck. Chi Vu presents him as a menacing abattoir worker who carries bloody chunks of meat home to his lodgings in plastic bags, in this suburban Gothic tale set in 1980s Melbourne, when the flight of Vietnamese refugees to Australia was at its height.' [From the publisher's website]

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Notes

  • Dedication: for James
  • Epigraph:
    The truly present moment has no connection whatever
    with the past or the future - it is independent of what
    has gone before or what will follow - it is a different
    dimension to the flowing of time.

    - V.R. Dhiravamsa, The Way of Non-Attachment

    It is on disaster that good fortune perches.
    It is beneath good fortune that disaster crouches.

    - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2012 .
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      Extent: 106p.
      ISBN: 9781920882877 (pbk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Giramondo Shorts Giramondo Publishing (publisher), Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011- Z1819856 2011 series - publisher criticism 'Giramondo Shorts', is a new series of short form, short print run books, designed to take account of the new technologies of digital printing, and to appeal to a community of literary readers. The series carries a quote from Les Murray's poem "The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever": "it is time perhaps to cherish the culture of shorts."' Source: http://www.giramondopublishing.com/ (Sighrted 15/09/2012).

Works about this Work

Australia in Three Books Sheila Ngoc Pham , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 77 no. 3 2018; (p. 17)

— Review of Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella ; Foreign Correspondence Geraldine Brooks , 1998 single work autobiography ; The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction

'Escaping from suburbia is the story I've heard many people tell over the years, but it's never been a story that I relate to. For me, the suburbs represent refuge, even precious culture, as they do for many others. After all, the mass migrations of the twentieth century brought with them the multicultural transformations of countless Australian suburbs. So where I feel most at home is Sydney's south-western suburbs; at home as I could ever feel in Australia, anyway.'  (Introduction)

Australian Writing and the Contemporary : Are We There Yet? Annee Lawrence , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , April vol. 22 no. 1 2016; (p. 243–268)
'Australia’s geographical location (within ‘Asia’)—seen as a negative into the twenty-first century when the nation defined itself as culturally and aspirationally linked to the major Euro-American metropolitan cultural centres (the ‘West’)—must now be reevaluated. After two hundred years of white settlement and of turning its back on the region in which it is located, some Australian writers are writing texts that illuminate an aspect of Australian literature that is in transition, becoming, by definition, in, of, and with the region as well as in, of, and with present time. Art historian Terry Smith’s theory of the three currents of contemporary art, particularly the third current, suggests a new paradigm, a potential break from modernism, and a different kind of entanglement and interconnection in a world that is witnessing shifts in world power, voluntary and involuntary mass movements of people, and real time global communication technologies. Adrian Snodgrass and David Coyne’s application of hermeneutical theory to the architectural design studio via the metaphor of excursion and return illuminates some imaginative intersections, understandings and energies in three texts by Australian authors—Michelle De Kretser, Chi Vu and Jennifer Mackenzie. In Smith’s terms too, the texts perform original leaps of the imagination in their diversity, freshness, and ability to surprise and invite questions about literature’s potential to stir up prior understandings and invite new ways of being in the present. In terms of Giorgio Agamben’s definition of the contemporary, the three texts bring the reader to a plurality and intercultural connectedness that we have yet to fully recognise and live. They represent a line of flight towards a literary imaginary in Australian writing that is contemporary, locally grounded, but also regionally and globally entangled. ' (Publication abstract)
Untitled Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 5 no. 2 2013;

— Review of Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella
A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
Giramondo Shorts Anna Thwaites , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , August - September no. 119 2012; (p. 51-52)

— Review of Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella ; Giramondo Shorts 2011 series - publisher criticism
Short and Sweet Delia Falconer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 July 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Wild and Woolley : A Publishing Memoir Michael Wilding , 2011 single work criticism ; The Recluse Evelyn Juers , 2012 single work biography ; Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella
Giramondo Shorts Anna Thwaites , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , August - September no. 119 2012; (p. 51-52)

— Review of Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella ; Giramondo Shorts 2011 series - publisher criticism
Untitled Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 5 no. 2 2013;

— Review of Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella
[Untitled] Kate Livett , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 3 2012; (p. 229-234)

— Review of The Recluse Evelyn Juers , 2012 single work biography ; Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella ; Street to Street Brian Castro , 2012 single work novella ; Wild and Woolley : A Publishing Memoir Michael Wilding , 2011 single work criticism
Australia in Three Books Sheila Ngoc Pham , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 77 no. 3 2018; (p. 17)

— Review of Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella ; Foreign Correspondence Geraldine Brooks , 1998 single work autobiography ; The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction

'Escaping from suburbia is the story I've heard many people tell over the years, but it's never been a story that I relate to. For me, the suburbs represent refuge, even precious culture, as they do for many others. After all, the mass migrations of the twentieth century brought with them the multicultural transformations of countless Australian suburbs. So where I feel most at home is Sydney's south-western suburbs; at home as I could ever feel in Australia, anyway.'  (Introduction)

A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
Australian Writing and the Contemporary : Are We There Yet? Annee Lawrence , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , April vol. 22 no. 1 2016; (p. 243–268)
'Australia’s geographical location (within ‘Asia’)—seen as a negative into the twenty-first century when the nation defined itself as culturally and aspirationally linked to the major Euro-American metropolitan cultural centres (the ‘West’)—must now be reevaluated. After two hundred years of white settlement and of turning its back on the region in which it is located, some Australian writers are writing texts that illuminate an aspect of Australian literature that is in transition, becoming, by definition, in, of, and with the region as well as in, of, and with present time. Art historian Terry Smith’s theory of the three currents of contemporary art, particularly the third current, suggests a new paradigm, a potential break from modernism, and a different kind of entanglement and interconnection in a world that is witnessing shifts in world power, voluntary and involuntary mass movements of people, and real time global communication technologies. Adrian Snodgrass and David Coyne’s application of hermeneutical theory to the architectural design studio via the metaphor of excursion and return illuminates some imaginative intersections, understandings and energies in three texts by Australian authors—Michelle De Kretser, Chi Vu and Jennifer Mackenzie. In Smith’s terms too, the texts perform original leaps of the imagination in their diversity, freshness, and ability to surprise and invite questions about literature’s potential to stir up prior understandings and invite new ways of being in the present. In terms of Giorgio Agamben’s definition of the contemporary, the three texts bring the reader to a plurality and intercultural connectedness that we have yet to fully recognise and live. They represent a line of flight towards a literary imaginary in Australian writing that is contemporary, locally grounded, but also regionally and globally entangled. ' (Publication abstract)
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